fatty alcohol

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fatty alcohol

[′fad·ē ′al·kə‚hȯl]
(organic chemistry)
A high-molecular-weight, straight-chain primary alcohol derived from natural fats and oils; includes lauryl, stearyl, oleyl, and linoleyl alcohols; used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, plastics, and lube oils and in textile manufacture.